Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tea Parties and the "Racist" Canard

  • "Liberals, who cannot understand or will not understand the interests of white America, instead resort to flinging accusations of racism," reads The American Conservative's blurb introducing David Paul Kuhn's article — The Racist Hubbub. "Gratuitous charges of racism... capture an enduring mistake of modern liberalism," a "mistake [that] disserves liberals most."

  • Patrick J. Buchanan reminds us that "neither audio nor video of this alleged incident has been produced, though TV cameras and voice recorders were everywhere on the Hill," and suggests that "exploiting these real, imaginary or hoked-up slurs to... smear opponents as racists and bigots... is the politics of desperation" — The Real Anti-Americans.

  • Daniel McCarthy of @TAC introduces us to a liberal who "doesn’t completely buy into the Left’s stereotype of the Tea Parties as racist" — Naomi Wolf: Tea Parties Fight Fascism. "Even though I’m appalled when racism surfaces," says Miss Wolf, "and I personally don’t agree with certain policy solutions and a lot of what they believe in, as someone who is very concerned about reinvigorating democracy the Tea Parties are an answer to what I asked for."
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    Anonymous Kevin J Jones said...

    Racism is a frequent accusation because it works so well in tongue-tying the punditry and mid-level GOP operatives exploiting the Tea Partiers.

    It was amusing to read a blog post by one local operative who took so seriously an MSNBC pundit's accusations of racism.

    Their clueless proposed countermeasure was to promote minority faces.

    Of course, these operatives throw around accusations of bigotry just as much as the left. It's a sign of their inability to mount a confident challenge to the status quo.

    As long as someone isn't on record publicly making blatant slurs, I'm happy to dismiss racism charges as frivolous distractions.

    8:48 AM  
    Blogger Sarah said...

    Check out Glenn Beck maligning Dorothy Day.

    May she pray for us.

    11:41 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Strange that the mere accusation of racism is enough to get anyone silenced in supposedly racist Amerikkka. I'm reminded of all the "nazis" and "facsists" holding photoshopped posters of President Obama as Hitler; wouldn't that be a sign they support him?

    Sarah, that for that post-worthy news.

    12:46 PM  
    Anonymous Kevin J Jones said...

    The accusation itself doesn't silence, but it distracts and confuses.

    Fear of the accusation surely silences far more. The media firestorm is unpredictable, and thus a major source of fear.

    That is a funny point about how all the supposed nazis think a nazi Obama is their opponent.

    4:38 PM  
    Blogger Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said...

    Mr Snyder,

    You may be interested in the old article retrieved by Nicholas Stix at

    8:56 PM  
    Blogger Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said...

    You may also enjoy this quotation from The Rebellion Blog (

    The accusation of racism is the most serious charge you can make against someone in modern America, comparable to accusations in the past of being a leper, a witch or a communist. The charge of racism is so incendiary that even mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer felt it necessary to deny that his crimes were motivated by it. This man, a cannibalistic, necrophiliac killer, went to great lengths to assure a relative of one of his victims that, in her words, quote, “He was not a prejudiced person. It wasn’t out of race that he killed these young men,” unquote.

    When a taboo is that strong, someone is going to exploit it for political ends.

    9:09 PM  

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